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Top Speedcar Men At Sydney Showground Book Celebration Day

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    Four of the finest drivers ever to compete at the Sydney Showground Speedway during the 'sixties, Bryan Cunneen, Sid Middlemass, Bob Tunks and Peter Bowland, are among the former competitors who will attend the “Ghosts in the Bull Pens” book celebration day at the Royale on Sunday, June 9.
    The gathering will be held at PJ Gallagher's Hotel, EQ, 1 Bent Street, Moore Park commencing at 1PM.
    All four drivers were stars of the golden era and enjoyed significant successes at the great arena, recognised as one of the finest speedways in the world.
    They were headline grabbers and well known names on the Sydney sporting scene at a time when speedway racing at the Sydney Showground received massive media coverage!
    The night of February 10, 1962 when Bryan won the NSW Championship remains one of the most memorable events in Sydney Showground Speedway history not only because of Bryan's great victory but also the horrendous pile-up on the pit corner in which tough man Len Brock sustained serious burns in a fiery crash.
    Cunneen was the focus of extensive media coverage on March 5, 1966 with the running of the World's Speedcar Championship (won by Bob Tattersall). This was the night he had a miraculous escape from injury (or worse!!) when his car burst into flames after crashing on the Bull Pens corner and was hit by Bruce Doolan.
    Middlemass was one of the most consistently placed Speedcar drivers in feature race competition of the era. His sensational victory in the 1970 Craven Filter National Speedcar Drivers' Championship Grand Final rates right up there amongst his most significant achievements after he smashed Johnny Harvey's long standing 50-lap record – a mark that in following years stood the test of time.
    Bob Tunks enjoyed Australian Championship honours at the Royale in February, 1968 when he drove to victory in the national title for Super Modifieds.
    It was one of his finest performances on the third-mile egg-shaped Sydney Showground track. Tunks also showed his versatility and raced open cockpit Midgets in the late 'sixties at the Royale for the Eric Morton stable.
    Bowland broke through for his first main event win on a Monday night, May 10, 1965 less than 36 hours after Australian lost Speedway lost one of its greatest Speedcar drivers with the death of Jeff Freeman in a Sunday afternoon racing accident at Westmead Speedway.
    Peter's best years were spent behind the wheel of the M & D Motors, Don Murray Holden which also ran at the Royale powered by a Daimler.
    More details will follow on the big line-up of former competitors who will be in attendance for this trip down memory lane.
    The “Ghosts in the Bull Pens” book celebration day will be nostalgic in recognition of the 70 years speedway racing at the Sydney Showground.
    Footage from days of yesteryear will be screened during the afternoon in a formal presentation. “Ghosts in the Bull Pens” T-shirts also will be on sale in addition to a big range of speedway books.
    Dress code: Smart casual.

    WHAT: Celebration of “Ghosts in the Bull Pens” book release.

    WHERE: PJ Gallagher's Hotel, EQ, Sydney Showground, Moore Park, 1 Bent Street, Moore Park, NSW., 2012.

    WHEN: Sunday, June 9, 1PM - 5PM

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